Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition might be the first Xbox 360 game to be granted a next-gen update, but it certainly won’t be the last – and we fear Square Enix has already set a dangerous precedent. While we relish the opportunity to return to one of the most wonderful action adventure games from the 360, the value of this package simply isn’t there to justify the price of entry.
Let’s recap: 2013’s Tomb Raider brought about the return of Lara Croft, gave her a new origin story and – more importantly – an opportunity to escape the mediocrity the archaeologists career had been languishing in for so long. In fact, it was such a rousing success, that we awarded Tomb Raider 9/10, citing it as “a near flawless example of how to reboot a franchise”.
So what’s the problem? The problem is that all of you lovely readers should have heeded our advice little under 12 months ago and played Tomb Raider to 100% completion already. If you’ve already picked this up for 360, there’s little reason to pick the Definitive Edition up, especially as it’s a full-price release.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – What’s New?
The changes are entirely cosmetic, and many of them are so subtle that only the most discerning eyes will ever notice them. Lara’s character model, for example, has been entirely rebuilt for Xbox One – though you’d only realise were you running a copy of the 360 version side-by-side.
Lara also took a trip to the hairdressers; adopting physics obedient bangs thanks to TressFX technology. Instead of a swinging lump, her hair has individually defined strands that react – in some regards – more realistically to the world around her. Though, truth be told, it has a tendency to look like wires are dangling precariously from her head, the TressFX tech does little to impress us here.
The touches are tiny; a small glimpse at what Crystal Dynamics is working towards on next-gen technology. The inclusion of pre-order only tombs and the multiplayer DLC does little to sell this package to any that have already bought in.
That said, if you didn’t play Tomb Raider the first time around – get your act together and sort it out. Tomb Raider is still that incredible nine out of ten experience, it’s still one of the best action adventure games that’ll you will find on the Xbox 360 – but there’s nothing here (worthwhile, at least) that separates Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition from previously released versions.